The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has deferred the resumption of domestic flights to a date to be announced. Speaking in Abuja the Director General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu said “We have to ensure that aviation is safe and secure. The industry has been closed for close to 3 months. We have to check the airworthiness of all aircraft and that all pilots are proficiency is up to date”. Captain Nuhu added “based on what we have to do, June 21 is not feasible to start domestic service”.
Meanwhile the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been on an awareness drive, educating that public on new aviation health requirements. FAAN has announced that a mouth and nose covering mask is now mandatory for one to fly. In addition, they have announced that only traveling passengers will be permitted to enter the terminal building.
FAAN recently exchanged notes with Munich Airport to share notes and experiences on the effects of the Covid19 lockdown on the airports. Captain Yadudu MD of FAAN commented, “While FAAN is responding to the guidelines set by NCAA for gradual airport reopening and Post Covid19 operations, it is important also to compare notes with other airports in the world to make sure we are on the right track and join the global industry in building back travel confidence”.
Various Nigerian airlines have since advised their clients that they will not be resuming service from 21 June.
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